Wellness

Celebrate National Fresh Fruit & Vegetables Month in June

Fruits and Vegetabls

A healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables can make a huge difference.

June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month and what better time to celebrate the season’s bounty? Spring is the perfect time of year for the most delicious fruits – like strawberries, watermelon and cantaloupe and veggies – like squash, zucchini and corn on the cob. Celebrate nature’s harvest by adding an assortment of mouthwatering fruits and veggies to your daily diet.

Are you feeling sluggish after the long winter and want to rejuvenate your system? Give it a kick start with fresh fruits and vegetables. Yummy, crunchy, and easy to prepare, they are low in fat and full of vitamins, minerals and fiber, like Vitamin A, C, folic acid, beta-carotene, potassium and calcium.

Adding More To Your Diet
It’s easier than you think to add extra servings of fruits and vegetables to your diet. Here some easy tips to follow.

Veggies
*Quick fix – Steam cook fresh or frozen veggies, like broccoli, carrots or green beans as a side dish or snack.
*Be prepared – cut up an assortment of bell peppers, carrots and broccoli and prepackage them for snacks on the go, or to add to a salad or veggie wrap.
*The brighter the better – Brighten your plate with vegetables that are red, orange, or dark green. They are full of vitamins and minerals. Try acorn squash, cherry tomatoes or sweet potatoes.
*Colorful salad – Brighten your salad by using colorful vegetables such as black beans, sliced red bell peppers, shredded radishes or chopped red cabbage.
*Seasonal veggies – Buy vegetables that are in season for maximum flavor at a lower cost. The farmers market is ideal for the freshest farm to table veggie choices.

Fruits
*In sight – Keep a bowl of whole fruit on the table, counter, or in the refrigerator.
*Experiment with fruit at dinner – Add crushed pineapple to coleslaw, or include orange sections, dried cranberries, or grapes in a tossed salad.
*Variety – Buy fruits that are dried, frozen, and canned (in water or 100% juice) as well as fresh, so that you always have a supply on hand.
*Snacks – Dried fruits make great snacks and are easy to carry and store well.
*Freshness – Buy fresh fruits in season when they may be less expensive and at their peak flavor.

Summer picnic
Spice up your menu with these delicious and nutritious summer barbeque options:
Fruit Kabobs – Strawberries, Pineapple, Grapes, Cantaloupe
Vegetable Kabobs – Cherry tomatoes, Yellow Squash, Green Peppers, Onions
Whether you buy your fresh produce at your local farmer’s market or your favorite grocery store, whatever you do, be sure to take advantage of the taste of the season during National Fresh Fruit and Veggies Month and always buy organic as much as possible! With how many toxins there are in our food already, it pays to focus on only eating fresh and pesticide-free produce!

 

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Keeping Healthy for the Holidays

ThanksgivingWatching what you eat during the holidays can be complicated. From the Thanksgiving carb fest to the many sweets of Christmas, you are going to end up eating something that isn’t so great for you – but don’t worry! We’ve come up with a handful of tips to help you stay healthy while you are celebrating the holidays.

  • Keep Moving – Don’t stop your exercise regimen during the holidays! Whether it is snowing out or you are visiting your loved ones, it’s important to exercise at least 30 to 45 minutes a day.
  • Control Your Portions – You can enjoy mashed potatoes with your meal, but don’t go overboard. Watching your carb intake is very important. See if you can fill your plate with mostly steamed veggies instead of fatty or carb heavy sides.
  • Watch What You Drink – Holiday alcoholic drinks are filled with sugar and fat, so choose wine instead of eggnog if you plan to indulge. Furthermore, you can stay away from alcohol and enjoy tea, coffee, or water instead.
  • Say No – When you are at a party, just say no to any fattening foods. It doesn’t matter how much someone pushes the food on you, only eat what you want to eat.
  • Bring Healthy Foods to Your Event – If you have to make a dish for potluck dinner, bring a healthy dish. This guarantees that there will be at least one healthy option for you.

Holiday eating can be tough – but we know you have the willpower to keep yourself in check. Remember that it pays to enjoy in moderation, too. You’ll feel better after your meal (seriously – no need to pass out on the couch!) and you’ll still be able to take part in a wonderful tradition.

From all of us at OVitaminPro.com, have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday!

 

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Take a Hike and Celebrate!

Today is National Take a Hike Day and what better way to celebrate than to get out and enjoy it!

Hiking is a great way to stay active, no matter what your age, plus it can yield a multitude of health benefits. As part of National Take a Hike Day, we’re celebrating this wonderful activity and sharing a few of the health reasons why hiking should be on your list of must-dos:

  • Hiking can help reduce your risk of heart disease and hypertension by putting your cardiovascular system to work. Any exercise is great for your heart!
  • Hiking is good for the soul! Getting out into nature can be a great way to restore your spiritual or emotional well-being. Many studies show that giving yourself quiet time in nature can yield a longer life, less stress, and more.
  • Hiking can also help in reducing anxiety. When you hike or do any kind of exercise, your body releases endorphins that will naturally elevate your mood and reduce your anxiousness.
  • Hiking also releases adrenaline built up by your anxiety. Studies show that walking can yield immediate decreases in tension and anxiety, regardless of how fast or slow participants walked.
  • Hiking is also great for helping to reduce the negative effects of osteoporosis by increasing bone density and the rate of calcium loss.
  • Hiking is weight-bearing exercise, which means it strengthens both muscles and bones – i.e. it’s a great activity for two of your body’s most important systems.

So get out there and take a hike –  not just today, but as often as you can!

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